Awards Category Overview



Retail, Trade & Online Business Excellence
Sponsored by Hamertons Lawyers
For any businesses selling goods to end users, including retail, trades and online businesses that deal directly with the public or end-user

Tourism & Hospitality Excellence
Sponsored by Air Chathams
For any businesses whose principal activity is in the Tourism sector including hospitality, accommodation, amenities, transport operators, attractions, event management, sports and entertainment sectors or other visitor-related activities

Professionals & Service Excellence
Sponsored by Disabilities Resource Centre
For any businesses whose principal activity is in the provision of services to the customer (e.g. Professional services, brokerage businesses, real estate agents etc)

Community, Not-for-Profit & Volunteer Excellence
Sponsored By Whakatane District Council 
This category recognises management excellence in organisations outside of the private sector including the not-for-profit sector, schools and local government and volunteer organisations

Farm, Forestry & Food Excellence
Sponsored By Toi-Ohomai
This category is for any business involved in the production and processing of primary goods regionally, nationally or internationally, and incorporates innovation, product development and recognition of the particular sector to the economy

Māori-Owned Business Excellence
Sponsored By Poutama
For any business which successfully incorporates Māori identity and values as part of its business operation, including governance and/or employees. It considers Te Tiriti O Waitangi and tangata whenua and has been operating for at least two years. The business can be from any business category

Manufacturing & Technology Excellence
Sponsored By Eastland Generation
For any businesses involved in the manufacturing and construction sectors and /or adopting technology or a high dependency on technology to thrive

People’s Choice
Sponsored By Nova Energy 
Recognises a business that has achieved success based on those that matter most to them, their community, stakeholders, staff and customers. Unlike the other categories that have an independent group of judges, this award is in the hands of the public through online voting.
NOTE: This category is ONLY open to those who have already entered 1 or more of the other existing categories



Best Emerging Business
Sponsored by Julians Berry Farm 
Recognises a business that has achieved significant business growth during the last one to three years as a result of effective planning and delivery. The business must have started trading after April 1 2018.

Community Contribution
Sponsored by 1XX
Recognises organisations that implement initiatives that have a positive impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit. Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Whakatohea Mussells 
For the person or company who demonstrates excellence as an employer and identifies with all aspects of successful leadership

Health and Wellbeing Award
Sponsored by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiārangi
For any businesses that recognises the importance to demonstrate social responsibility in terms of employees' health, by developing sustainable wellness practices and a successful culture within the workplace

Sustainability Award
Sponsored by Trust Horizon
Sustainable business is about looking at the products and services used in your business and thinking about their impact on the environment and your energy use. 
Making your business more sustainable is about looking at what you do, what you’re buying and who from, and how you’re using and disposing of things. It’s also about moving to environmentally friendly, local, organic or low-emissions alternatives.





Business Leadership Award 
Sponsored by Productivity People 
This award recognises a person who has achieved exceptional success in their career and demonstrated exceptional leadership, whose influence extends beyond the confines of their role.

Young Entrepreneur Award 
Sponsored by Ministry of Social Developmen
The Young Entrepeneur Award is open to any Eastern Bay of Plenty business owner or director aged 40 years or under on 13th April 2021.